- Burnley vs Everton

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Sunday 26 October 2014 | Turf Moor | Referee: Andre Marriner | Attendance 19,927

  • Danny Ings (20)
1 - 3
  • Samuel Eto'o (4, 85)
  • Romelu Lukaku (29)

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Samuel Eto'o scored twice as Everton heaped more misery on Burnley by securing a 3-1 Barclays Premier League win at Turf Moor.

The former Cameroon striker put the visitors in front after only four minutes on Sunday, but Danny Ings levelled with his first Barclays Premier League goal after Romelu Lukaku had given the ball away cheaply with a casual pass.

Lukaku made up for that mistake before half-time, when he was on hand to round off a slick move to put the Merseyside club back in the ascendancy.

There was no way back for Burnley from there, with Eto'o adding a third goal for Everton five minutes from time with a stunning finish.

He might even have had his hat-trick but was unlucky to see his attempt bounce off the inside of the post and roll along the line late on.

In the end, that mattered little as Roberto Martinez's side recorded back-to-back top-flight victories.

Burnley, on the other hand, are still waiting for an elusive first league win and will be bottom of the table if Queens Park Rangers can secure at least a point against Aston Villa on Monday.

Eto'o came into the starting line-up at the expense of Ross Barkley in the only change to the Everton side that beat Villa last weekend, and he wasted no time in justifying his inclusion.

Martinez had heaped praise on Leighton Baines in the build-up, stating that the left-back has taken his game to another level, and the England man showed his class by laying on a sixth assist of the season in the league to tee up the opener.

The former Wigan Athletic man whipped in an inviting cross from the byline that was headed in by the onrushing Eto'o, off the underside of the crossbar, from six yards out after just four minutes.

Burnley responded to that early setback and were level after 20 minutes, thanks in no small part to an unwanted contribution from Lukaku.

The Belgium striker was under no pressure when he gifted the ball to Lukas Jutkiewicz deep in his own half and the former Everton man picked out the run of strike partner Ings, who kept his composure to round Tim Howard and slot the ball into an empty net.

Burnley's joy was short-lived, though, as Lukaku atoned for his earlier error by restoring Everton's lead nine minutes later.

The ex-Chelsea man rounded off a fine passing move by finding the far corner of the net with a scuffed right-footed shot after his initial attempt had been blocked.

Steven Naismith's header looped against the top of the crossbar after Leon Osman had stood the ball up to the back post six minutes before the break, as Everton attempted to extend their lead.

Lukaku then combined well with Eto'o and unleashed a shot from around 25 yards out, which was straight at Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton.

Heaton was called into action again when he bundled the ball behind for a corner after Baines' dangerous free-kick had evaded everybody, before Barkley replaced Lukaku midway through the second half.

Ashley Barnes also came on for Jutkiewicz, as Burnley boss Sean Dyche attempted to rescue a point, but the striker's first real contribution was a late challenge on Gareth Barry which resulted in being shown a yellow card.

With five minutes left, Eto'o sealed the points with a stunning right-footed strike from 25 yards out.

The striker almost stole a hat-trick in time added on, when a poor backpass by Kieran Trippier set him clear and he rounded Heaton, but the 33-year-old’s effort from a tight angle struck the far post and trickled back across the face of the goal.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche: "It was a very challenging game against a fine side. Decided, more or less, on high-quality players doing what high-quality players do and that's their clinical edge against ours.”

"They showed more sign of it over the game. The general performance was good I thought, particularly first half. I thought some of our football was very good.

"I thought the will and demand to play, but also take chances, was there. But that clinical side is definitely where it's at for us at the moment.

"It's important we keep learning, keep building and keep moving forward. That's the challenge we've got. The margins are fine - we've got to find a way of altering it slightly to find a way to win."

Everton manager Roberto Martinez: "Everyone will talk about [Eto’o’s] goals and his finishes and I think it's enough to talk about those, because to have that clinical aspect about his play - as a striker it's not about how many goals you score, it's about how many chances you need to score.

 "The first chance he showed that the mentality is to be ready, I thought he set standards in that respect, but then as a manager I was more pleased with his overall contribution. I was extremely proud of his performance.

 "[It was an] Interesting week for us, it was a terrific challenge. To face a very difficult team at home against Aston Villa, then we had a really important game at Lille in the Europa League and then coming here today I knew it was going to be a really tough game.

"I thought we were very, very professional. We controlled the game well."

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Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Tom Heaton 4.6 5.62
5. Jason Shackell 4.5 5.14
23. Stephen Ward 5.33 5.14
4. Michael Duff 7.0 4.78
2. Kieran Trippier 4.75 5.24
21. George Boyd 6.0 5.61
37. Scott Arfield 5.67 5.26
11. Michael Kightly 7.0 3.81
14. David Jones 5.67 4.75
19. Lukas Jutkiewicz 6.75 4.99
10. Danny Ings 7.6 5.7
Substitutes All Fans BFR
17. Marvin Sordell 8.0 4.31
7. Ross Wallace 9.0 4.19
25. Michael Keane 9.0 3.1
22. Matthew Gilks 5.67 3.92
30. Ashley Barnes 8.0 5.48
6. Ben Mee 8.0 4.65
20. Nathaniel Chalobah 8.0 4.4
Line-up All Fans BFR
24. Tim Howard 7.14 5.33
3. Leighton Baines 8.78 5.67
30. Antolin Alcaraz 5.5 3.06
23. Seamus Coleman 7.5 5.3
6. Phil Jagielka 6.63 4.93
21. Leon Osman 7.17 4.67
5. Samuel Eto'o 9.2 6.09
14. Steven Naismith 7.14 6.13
16. James McCarthy 7.67 5.16
18. Gareth Barry 7.83 4.89
10. Romelu Lukaku 8.0 5.55
Substitutes All Fans BFR
2. Tony Hibbert 9.0 4.18
7. Aiden McGeady 9.0 5.33
4. Darron Gibson 9.0 3.3
1. Joel Robles 9.0 2.62
17. Muhamed Besic 9.0 4.27
20. Ross Barkley 7.2 6.73
22. Steven Pienaar 8.25 4.49

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